Carbon Footprint Reduction for Co-op

Presona has helped ethical retailer Co-op further reduce its carbon footprint with the installation of two new balers and Presona built conveyors at the firm’s Avonmouth and Andover Distribution Centres in the UK. The two LP50 EH1 ECC balers use Presona’s pre-press know how to process cardboard and plastic on the same baler and uses the latest technology to ensure optimum energy efficiency when compared to shear balers.

Co-op will use the balers to compact the recovered store materials for recycling and reuse into new films and boxes – a complete circular loop which forms an integral part of the recycling retail supply chain. The production of materials compacted through these balers supports the Co-op in reducing the number of lorry movements in moving materials to recycling centres and mills around the UK.

The Co-op Group said the installation had been seamless and they were looking forward to seeing the positive environmental impact the balers would have on Co-op’s recycling statistics. They are thought to be the first British retailer to become a signatory of the UN’s ‘Our Only Future’ campaign at its Climate Action Summit in New York. This initiative calls upon global businesses to make critical contributions to help cap global temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and they are committed to further reductions in its Green House Gas emissions of 50% by 2025.

The Presona balers will make a huge difference to Co-op’s recycling efforts, using less energy to compact cardboard and plastic waste from their stores and enable them to reduce the number of truck-loads needed to take the same amount of material to the recycling plant. As well as manufacturing and installing the baler, Presona, whose UK business is based in Bridgwater, Somerset, will continue to provide after-sales care and support to Co-op.

Dean Clarke, Presona’s Managing Director, said he was pleased to have been able to work with Co-op on the project, having previously supplied the company at other sites across the country and hope to do more going forwards. Clarke added, “We are proud to be working with a retailer such as Co-op which has such a strong focus on recycling, communities and the environment and understands the huge benefits of using our balers to improve efficiency and reduce the impact on the planet.”

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